Have you ever experienced a sharp pain in your teeth after you drink a hot drink or bite in something cold? Chances are you are experiencing sensitive teeth. The root cause of sensitive teeth is when your gums recede and expose the soft level surface (called dentin). This layer has thousands of tiny tubes that lead to the tooth's nerve center. When a hot or cold surface reaches the nerve, you experience tooth pain. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and worn down enamel also can contribute to sensitive teeth. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to minimize sensitive teeth pain:
- Daily Brushing and Flossing: Maintaining a regular schedule of brushing and flossing is critical to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
- Using a soft bristle tooth brush: Select a soft bristle toothbrush will ensure that you don't remove gum tissue. It is also important to switch to a new toothbrush every 6 months.
- Switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth: Toothpaste for sensitive teeth is fluoridated which provides extra protection for your gums. You can also rub a thin layer of sensitive teeth toothpaste over your gums at night before your gum. If you have extremely sensitive teeth, ask your dentist to prescribe you a medicated toothpaste.
- Avoid Acidic Foods: Carbonated beverages, fruits with citrus and even yogurt can trigger sensitive teeth. If you have any of these foods, don't brush your teeth right away because the acid in the foods and drinks can soften the enamel on your gums.
- Routine dental check-ups: Visiting your dentist every six months will help with sensitive teeth. Your dentist will monitor your teeth and gums and offer treatment options if necessary.